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13 Healing Food Recipes to Boost Your Immune System

When you’re sick, nutrition is super important. When your appetite is running low, you can’t keep much down or taste well, and it can be hard to eat enough to fuel your body and start getting healthier. These paleo recipes are packed with healing foods like turmeric, lemon and garlic, and will help boost your immune system so you can recover quicker and regain your appetite.

I always eat these healing food recipes when I start feeling sick, and they always keep me healthy! Make sure to try the raspberry probiotic gelatin. It is to die for!


1. Upgraded Turmeric Latte
Turmeric has long been regarded as a healing root for your body with its anti-inflammatory properties. If you’re feeling under the weather, a hot drink often feels great going down, too! Try this sooth turmeric latte with collagen peptides, ginger, cinnamon, coconut oil, and more.


Healing Paleo Chicken Soup
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2. Healing Paleo Chicken Soup
Of course, chicken soup is good food for a sick body. In this recipe, the broth is healing to the gut (even better if you use homemade bone broth) while the turmeric and garlic get to work on inflammation and bacteria that could be keeping you from feeling your best.


Healing Green Smoothie
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3. Healing Green Smoothie
A discussion of healing foods for a paleo lifestyle wouldn’t be complete without a green smoothie recipe, would it? This smoothie is a great way to get your nutrients in and energize your body if you feel up to drinking it. In place of the kefir, you can use coconut yogurt.


4. Creamy Carrot Turmeric Soup With Coconut
Regardless of the type, soup is usually good healing food for a sick day. This one is full of healing and nourishing ingredients like turmeric, carrots, apple cider vinegar, curry, garlic, and ginger. And because it’s so creamy and smooth, it feels really good on a sore throat.


5. Healing Lemon Ginger Bone Broth
Bone broth doesn’t have to be all rosemary and thyme—this amazing version for sick days tastes so good and is full of nutrients. You can make it ahead and freeze it so it’s ready when you need it! The secret is Vitamin C-rich lemon and healing ginger. Replace the vegetable oil with olive or coconut.


Immune Boosting Hot Cocoa
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6. Immune Boosting Hot Cocoa
Being sick can leave us feeling pretty run down even after the worst of it is over, but there are things we can do to boost our immune system and get things running smoothly again. I love this creamy recipe with coconut and almond milks, maple syrup, raw cacao powder, collagen, coconut oil or butter, cinnamon, and maca powder.


7. Turkey Vegetable Soup
Why should chicken soup get all the attention? Turkey soup is just as good for you! This one is made with leftover turkey, onion, carrots, parsnips, celery, riced cauliflower, and seasonings like garlic and sage. It’s sure to help you get back on your feet with all that healthy goodness.


8. Good For Your Tummy Mango Gummies
If you’ve been paleo for more than a few minutes, you probably have heard at least a little about how good grass-fed gelatin is for healing your digestive tract. These gummies are a great way to get than gelatin into your body or into your kids’ bodies because they taste so darn good.


9. Pink Grapefruit Ginger Smoothie
With grapefruit, banana, non dairy milk, carrots, and fresh ginger, you know this smoothie is filled with nourishing ingredients to get your immune system in tip-top shape. The maca powder is optional but encourages general vitality while adding a caramel-like flavor to your smoothie.


Cranberry Orange Gelatin Gummies
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10. Cranberry Orange Gelatin Gummies
Here’s another gummy recipe, this one with cranberry juice, which promotes a healthy urinary tract and can provide relief from UTIs (of course, always see a doctor if you think you may have one!). The healing properties of these ingredients are fabulous.


11. AIP “Chocolate” and Peppermint Gummies
Made with carob powder for a chocolaty peppermint flavor without any actual chocolate, these gummies are good for your gut (just like the mango ones) but have a different flavor. I’d recommend the peppermint extract over essential oil, as essential oils aren’t for internal use.


12. Honey, Lemon, and Ginger Tea
This is a great tea for sore throats, and it’s super simple. All you need is lemon, freshly grated ginger, raw honey, and optional cayenne pepper. The cayenne pepper is a key ingredient here, but it’s pretty intense, so consider it optional if you can’t handle the heat or if this is for a child.


13. Raspberry Probiotic Gelatin
Made from brewed kombucha, this gelatin is great for everything from sore throats (so soothing) to stomach bugs (easy on the belly and full of probiotics). With lemon stevia and extra Vitamin C, you know it tasted great too, which can be important if you’re feeding sick kids.

(Make this next: Immune-Boosting Paleo Smoothie Bowl)

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